Second Triple Frontier film
Films follow films, and when one studio announce that they have an interesting project on the go others follow, so it is with the lawless region of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay which sees Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow working on a film called Triple Frontier and now we hear that another one is close to follow, Tri-Border.
José Padilha, the man behind Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) (Filmstalker review) and Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad 2) has been researching the region with an eye to making the film and he has a strong writer in service as well, Nick Schenk who you might remember as a writer for Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino (Filmstalker review).
That already sounds like a strong start for a film about the region, and what's more the director José Padilha and the writer Nick Schenk have been travelling to learn more about the area for their script which will follow a Boston DEA agent sent to Paraguay after having arrested the son of a Senator during a drug raid.
There the agent learns more about the region and tries to trap a major drug dealer in order to buy his way back home. Through this story we'll begin to discover the politics and the problems that the many different law enforcement agencies and armies face in the region.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Padilha says:
"The idea is to have a political film hidden inside an action film, a film that can entertain and teach people about the tri-border and the international crime in general... the frontier of three countries, in which one finds many different players operating, ranging from Italian, Chinese and Serbian mafias, to Bolivian, Colombian and Brazilian drug dealers, including Lebanese smugglers suspected of helping Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as corrupted police and politicians from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina."
Schenk perhaps unwittingly fires a shot across the bows of other writers thinking of the project by asking how anyone could write about the area without having seen it. He goes on to say:
"I've learned that landlocked Paraguay has a Navy. I've also learned that the Brazilian Federal Police and the Paraguayan Navy commonly exchange gunfire on the river that separates the two countries."
Since I heard about the area I have to say I've been rather fascinated by it and it looks as though I'm not the only one now. Each of the films look to have as much writing and directing weight behind them as the other, although looking at the productions you can guess there are going to be two different directions for these films, one will hit much more mainstream Hollywood while the other one will arrive as the independent underdog.